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5 Things You Need to Know About Getting Around In Turks and Caicos

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1.       Cash (in USD) is Queen.


The country may be a British territory, but retailers take cold hard US dollars. Most places on the smaller islands are cash only- especially cabs

2.       Cabs are priced By Person


Since most of the islands are fairly small, the prices for transportation are charged to each individual in the car.

3.       You can drive from one island to another!


There is a small causeway from North to Middle Caicos.

4.       Drive on the left side of the road


Because of their British roots, the cars travel on the left.

5.       Not all roads are created equal


The roads are in varying states of drivability depending on the island and last date of repair. They range from paved to potholes and dirt to golf-cart-only (Salt Cay). On the smaller islands, the rental companies will meet you wherever you are staying and some will even allow you to drive yourself to the airport when you’re through… Just leave the keys in the car!

Avoiding the Cruise Center

While cruises are a great, affordable way to see a lot of places, they are a different type of tourist than the guests that stay put longer. Cruise ships are full of entertainment, food, and luxury all day long and they center in Grand Turk is no different.

There are jewelry stores, trinket shops, restaurants, pools and even a faux surf wave! There’s a huge crowd of people when the ship is in and when it pulls out in the afternoon, the cruise center closes. You can see the changes elsewhere on the island too. Segway and ATV tours hum down the street and small pop-up shops open exclusively for the cruise ships as they meander down the main street.

But what if you are looking for a different type of vacation? Grand Turk is a small island, referred to by the locals on Provo as “the country”. So if you spend time away from the cruise center you will experience a laid back attitude. Service is slower, time slows down and people even travel from place to place slower.

When you come to Seasongs, we are guessing that you are taking a break from your fast paced, deadline driven day to day. The hustle and bustle of a massive ship full of tourists pulling in and docking daily might not be your idea of a relaxing time.

But fear not! You can get an authentic island experience and politely avoid ever having to go to the cruise center.

Charter your own island tour:
Take our bikes, rent a golf cart or hire a taxi for the day and explore the island on your own. Check out the lighthouse, visit beaches on both sides of the island and save money with your savvy ways.

There are plenty of places to eat on the island that aren’t at the cruise center. Check out our article on where to eat for suggestions.

Book with locals.
We love Grand Turk Diving! They have both Naui and Padi certified master divers and they are incredibly knowledgeable. Whether you are a multi-day dive expert, or just want to test the waters you are in good hands with them. They have a small boat and I have never dove with more than 4 people. The smaller size mean more attention is on each guest. They will point out wildlife, corral and make sure that you are safe while in the water.

The beaches across the street from Seasongs, in front of Bohio and next to the Sandbar, are all great. Next, to Sandbar has the best just off shore snorkeling. In front of Seasongs is private and great for sunsets but tends to be populated with a ton of urchins. Bohio boasts sandy, shallow waters great for long walks or frolicking little ones.

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